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Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1987-09-16

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Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1987-09-16

Topics Live concert

Touch Of Gray-> Scarlet Begonias, Little Red Rooster, Dire Wolf, My Brother Esau, High Time, Let It Grow, Don't Ease Me In Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told-> Devil With The Blue Dress-> Good Golly Miss Molly-> Devil With The Blue Dress-> He's Gone-> Drums-> Jam-> Truckin'-> Wharf Rat-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: We Bid You Good Night, E:Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> E: Black Muddy River

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Madison Square Garden
Location NYC, NY

Source SBD > MC > C > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN


SBD > MC > C > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN; EAC/SHN by Darryl Hinko


Reviewer: ms42466 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2012
Subject: wuz ther, smoked...................
great 87 show 4 87, 7-6 87 still the better "energy show" thru who,e 2nd set neviles rocked.
pray 4 a sound board of 7-6-87, VERY good AUD though
matrix might be heavan.
5 star 4 87
4 star 66-96
wish we had a 10star system with "energy" Sound"
unique factors, across a 1-100% and an average after the fact 78%, 89%,98% boiled to an average %
Reviewer: Sedula - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2009
Subject: Warp Rat!!
Not the biggest Wharf Rat fan, especially when you think they may be going into a real sick tune like Morning Dew, but my friends and I called this one Warp Rat when we were at this show since it just goes off in the solo about 2/3 of the way through the tune.
Reviewer: jamiejoon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2009
Subject: Way to go, boys!
This is one of those shows where it wouldn't matter how they played, because they kicked down with such a fun, interesting and surprising setlist. Scarlet in the first freaking set! Devil with a Blue Dress! Bertha>Greatest Story! On top of it, they played great! Bonus! This was one of those long series of shows at the Garden, where you could get jaded but had better not. Just when you waver - should I see the 7th show, or not? - they would kick down big time. Be there! I was lucky to be at almost all of em, except for the 88 Hall and Oates gig...odd. The Fat Man rocked in 87, everyone was so happy for him, and I love listening to these shows!
Reviewer: Zaorish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 22, 2007
Subject: Smooth, tight playing
This playing recalls Fall 1984 it's so good. NFA is really hot, also the Scarlet near the beginning is really really tight and sounds like the very best of 1974 or 1976. WBYG Jam is a bonus, although I was disappointed when they didn't actually sing WBYG. Ah well. Black Muddy River is great as usual. (I wish they did an acoustic version of that song!)
Reviewer: GratefulDavo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2007
Subject: What a show
What a show. This was great show for that period. Jerry's guitar in Scarlet. Brent singing a verse in Red Rooster and rockin Good Golly Miss Molly/Devil with A Blue Dress. Bruce Springtein this is how you do these songs. Brent is awesome!
Reviewer: EdgeHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2007
Subject: first show too
Wow. 1987. Man i feel old. I graduated from high school in June '87 and got a job at Scottie's Record Shop in Summit NJ. I worked the Ticketron machine when this run of shows went on sale, what craziness. I wound up with 50 tickets for the whole run and sold them to my friends at cost. These shows were all great, even with the oddity of GGMM, DWTBDO, La Bamaba (?!?!). The GDTRFB ending before muddy river came in because the crowd was still clapping from NFA really well/loud and they just slid right into it. very cool. This run had the chinese drummers and the crazy live feed to Farm Aid. The Dead still rule.
Reviewer: bdg.1983 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2007
Subject: Wow!
Grear show, my first. I"ve been hooked ever since. 5 stars.
Reviewer: Buddha Man Dan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2007
Subject: Fuck Yeah
This show rocks. Nevermind the details. Its about the energy, man.
Reviewer: Feivel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2007
Subject: Brent!!Felafel!This Show Kills!
This show was thrilling.i sweat my shorts and lost my t-shirt even.Now,if only some kind,computer speaking soul would do a B & P w/ me,i could have a copy of one of my last east coast shows.
Thankyouthankyouthankyou ! :)
Reviewer: Stefan W. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2006
Subject: The Spirit Is Living On
I just read a review of one of the "Fillmore east 70" concerts which says: "this is a prime example of not only why we belong to this community, but why there is a community to begin with!"
In my opinion, this is an example, why the community remained! And not only that, it clearly shows why it´s still growing. I´m unfortunately born too late, and in the wrong country, to be a original Deadhead, but I nevertheless consider myself being part of them. There is something special about these late 80´s shows, as they are one of the few essential things that kept the spirit of the 60´s alive until now. The Dead were the only stable connection to the true feeling and lifestyle of San Francisco as it was during the "Hippy era", and this recording is a very good example, why it´s like that. I Think, that this concert shows Jerry at the peak of the "pre-coma time", his vocals are amazing, especially, as he is able to express all the bitterness and longing in songs like He´s Gone and Wharf Rat, there´s nothing "pathetic" about his singing, like Jboy says, it just seems, that Garcia is interpreting these songs in a way he hasn´t felt about them before, and also, that he is seeking to connect with the audience, you can hear the fans reaction to the lines he is singing especially expressive. It seems to me, he wants to prove, that he is still at the steering wheel through the "long strange trip". But it has to be said, that also Bobby and especially Brent put so much energy in the concert. The short Rock´n´Roll Medley just rocks, as does his entire piano and keyboard playing. Bobby is really putting all he´s got into GSET and Throwing Stones, which is almost hypnotical, no one can tell me, there´s something average about these songs. But again back to Garcia. Maybe fenario is right, and Jerry was really amazed by finally having a hit. It could have given him a boost, that might explain his wonderful performance, of course not only at this show, but during the whole year. The quality of this concert is truly conserved by this recording, as you can hear the audience combined with a fine stage sound, which is simply amazing. This is a concert you really should have, and if you don´t -almost- cry during the very soft and emotional sung lines of Black Muddy River after an entirely perfect show, you can call me a liar and write a negative review, but I don´t think you will.
Reviewer: fenario80 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2006
Subject: This show smokes
& I'm well out of my usual territory here, having a real taste for the 70's & early 80's.

Touch of Grey peaked at number 9 sometime in 1987; can't seem to pin down the date, but dead_net confirms the position. Isn't it great that Jerry finally got the hit he'd always wanted?
Reviewer: Jeffrey Poirier - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2006
Subject: Sounds just fine
Jboy is an idiot. The show smokes from start to finish !
Reviewer: JByron - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 25, 2006
Subject: 9/16/87
Jboy, you're a complete idiot.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2005
Subject: Way too splotchy and inconsistent to be labeled a 'hot' show. However, there are numerous High points
1st Set: When did "Touch" hit the top ten? Anyways, this version is grounded and easily skippable. Jerry sounds particularly bland. Anyways, of course this part is particularly notable because they chose to venture into "Scarlet" land. Slightly more lively than its predecessor, Jerry's instrument only starts making enviable noises right before the four minute mark. More "Fucking with my hen house" as "Rooster" howls its way into my speakers. Unfortunately, this dog has more bark than bite. "Dire" is sufficently brighter despite Jerry's groggy voice. "Esau" is a little snappier than usual. Jerry puts forth the effort on a rare "High Time." Percussive stomping effectuates and distincts early on in "LIG." The set ends with a too casual "Ease."

2nd Set: "Bertha" is just fine, thank you very much. There's our "Greatest," which I thought was going to follow 'Touch' in the first set. Hey, there's nice interplay between Brent and Jerry going on 'ere. So, here's NYC's installment of "Devil->Good Golly->Devil" Awkwardly and mildly staged, it's at least sung with rock intent by Brent. Ya see, Mitch Ryder and Litle Richard would put these live versions to shame. "He's Gone" is well-established. Though not particularly sober, it's a thorough '87 excavation with some 'Truckin' teases in the late going. I wish the soft background clapping was more auditorily evident. "Drums/Space" typify the norm...though hints abound that they're going "TOO" afterwards. (8:49/9:09)Oh, how wrong can I be? We're "Truckin" instead. Makes sense considering how many of em have emerged from 'He's Gone' over the years. ('72 & '73 esp.) BTW, the version's about average. "Wharf" is actually enhanced by Jerry's pathetic vocals, (unless he's striving for clarity) and his outgoing solo inspires a bemused wonderment that's the hilight of the show. Brent's twiddling enlivens a standardly well-played "Throwing." Oh my, the following "NFA," besides-like usual- Not having an opening intro, is truly Hot from 3:00-4:20. The band leaves the stage to deservedly loud chants.
When the boys return, instead of reprising the "NFA" chant, they perform the outro "GDTRFB" melody which manifests silence and sobriety from the crowd. To end the night we have ourselevs an average "Muddy."

3 stars
Reviewer: GDTrey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2005
Subject: Overshadowed by 9/18
Every show from Fall '87 will always be overshadowed by 9/18. Touch > Scarlet is a sweet way to open a show!! Bertha > Greatest > Blue Dress > Good Golly > Blue Dress is pretty hot. Nice board recording. The boys always rocked MSG out!!
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2005
Subject: I knew it - this is better than La Bamba night
I still remember standing in the back of the garden with a ticket for this and ready to go but I had just started a new job and had to arrive at 0700 to a non-dead friendly mgmt + I was in a pin striped suit so people would think I was a narc... Show was great as you can see with a gutsy first set scarlet into LRR - You can hear the crowd bum as this was pretty overused at this time and after hearing the first few bars you know they will just nail it and they did....
Reviewer: touch heads rule - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2005
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Reviewer: bomberholds - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2005
Subject: where's dylan
being a dylan head as well we rolled a fatty just for the evening's dylan tune. we were denied this night, the only time this tour, but it was still a great show
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2004
Subject: 1987 is vintage...
i think 1987 is a great year for the dead. that means it was good year for jerry...sick for the years before this, he seemed to have a new lease on life during 87-88 (and brent really came into his own in these years as well) i think this is evident in this show, which is almost a night off for bobby. jerry rips in this show, and its funny, while he blows several lyrics, it is more like he gets ahead of himself due to exuberance than his usual nodding forgetfulness.

i was at this show and i'm sure i am biased, but listening to it has reminded me of just what the boys had going on during these days...just like other "periods" it just was what it was and its better not to compare it to other moments along the way.

certianly worth the d.l...thanks again internet archive.
Reviewer: chinacat111 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 28, 2004
Subject: Another great MSG show
The Dead were on this night as in most Madison Square Garden shows. Touch into Scarlet with no fire is a great opener.2nd set Greatest-good golly-blue dress-good golly is awesome. Worth the D.L
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